1742] To Horace Mann 193
had been told who I was, came up and said, ' Je connois cette poitrine.5 I took him for some Templar, and replied, ' Vous! vous ne connoissez que des poitrines qui sont bien plus usees.' It was unluckily pat. The next night, at the Drawing-room, he asked me, very good-humouredly, if I knew who was the old woman that had teased everybody at the masquerade. We were laughing so much at this, that the King crossed the room to Lady Hervey, who was with us, and said, ' What are those boys laughing at so ?' She told him, and that I had said I was so awkward at undressing myself, that I had stood for an hour in my stays and under-petticoat before my footman. My thanks to Madame G-rifoni. I cannot write more now, as I must not make my letter too big, when it appears at the secretary's office now. As to my sister, I am sure Sir Robert would never have accepted Prince Craon's offer, who now, I suppose, would not be eager to repeat it.
67. To HOEACE MANN.
March 10, 1742.
I WILL not work you up into a fright only to have the pleasure of putting you out of it, but will tell you at once that we have gained the greatest victory! I don't mean in the person of Admiral Vernon, nor of Admiral Haddock; no, nor in that of his Grace of Argyll. By we, I don't mean we-England, but we, literally we ; not you and I, but we, the house of Orford. The certainty that the Opposition (or rather the Coalition, for that is the new name they have taken) had of carrying eveiy point they wished, made them, in the pride of their hearts, declare that they would move for the Secret Committee yesterday (Tuesday), and next Friday would name the list, by which day they should have Mr. Sandys from his re-election. It was, however,.